By: MARLOWE ALTER | DETROIT FREE PRESS | March 20, 2020
Just over a week after the first positive tests in Michigan, the number of novel coronavirus cases continue to climb with 225 new cases reported.
Michigan’s total positive coronavirus case count went from two on March 10 to 559, according to state figures Friday afternoon, with total deaths at three. That includes cases that tested positive as of midnight.
That’s up from Thursday’s report of 334 cases.
The majority of the positive cases are in metro Detroit, affecting everyone from children to senior citizens and those with pre-existing health conditions, who are the most vulnerable to the deadly virus.
Previously, the three people who had died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, were known:
- An 81-year-old woman with underlying health conditions died Thursday at Henry Ford Health System’s hospital in Detroit.
- A woman in her 50s, also with underlying health conditions, died at McLaren Oakland Hospital on Thursday.
- A Southgate man in his 50s, with underlying health conditions, died early Wednesday morning at a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County, the state’s first death to the virus. He was among “dozens” of patients with novel coronavirus being treated at Beaumont’s eight hospitals, Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s medical director of infection, prevention and epidemiology, said Wednesday.
Earlier Friday, Genesee County confirmed four positive cases of coronavirus, the first cases in the county.